Mount Pleasant Magazine Jan/Feb 2020

63 | | feature bridal BY LINDSAY C. BISHOP Wow Your Wedding Guests Interactive Experiences S o many details go into planning a wedding. Some shape the entire evening, while others may have a smaller, more meaningful impact. The combinations of these choices are infinite; they are what make each wedding personal and unique. But it’s the moments that allow your guests to interact in an unexpected way that make a wedding truly unforgettable. From fun food presentations to sweet keepsakes, these special touches will keep your guests reminiscing about your wedding for years to come. Wedding guests love a seafood display; it’s decadent, delicious and quintessentially Charleston. If you really want to make your cocktail hour memorable, presentation is key and raw bar specialists Oysters XO have turned shucking bivalves into an art form. Owner Rifko Meier introduced oester meisjes (oyster girls), a concept that originated in his hometown of Amsterdam, to the U.S. in 2012. The oyster girls (and guys) don sleek white aprons and the shucker’s version of a toolbelt, complete with a bucket of oysters and all the accoutrements that your guests will need to doctor them up however they fancy. Roaming through the crowd, the oester meisjes do more than simply present fresh seafood. By offering a one-on-one interaction, shuckers can draw in guests who wouldn’t normally visit a stand-alone seafood station, while demonstrating that shucking oysters doesn’t have to be dirty or difficult. In fact, with snazzy gloves and a swift hand, it’s the perfect party trick. You can’t have a successful cocktail hour without booze, and for years couples have been taking the opportunity to show their personality by offering signature drinks. If you really want those Moscow mules to make a A fixed up vintage Piaggio Ape, “The Chuglette” is an adorable way to serve drinks to your wedding guests. Photos provided.